It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you to NYUParis for the fall semester of 2014. Our fall program promises to be full and varied and will, I hope, lead you to a greater appreciation of the life of this extraordinary city and the rich history and cultural life of France. I am particularly excited to welcome you to our new site in the heart of the Latin Quarter. This new space, located in the thriving historic and intellectual heart of Paris, will provide you with easy access to the boundless cultural, artistic, and academic energy of this wonderful neighborhood, where our neighbors include the Sorbonne, the Collège de France, and the Cluny Museum, to name just a few. And as an added plus, the new building has unbeatable views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
You should have received an email with access to our Pre-Departure Survey, and are now able to submit feedback regarding your experience.
NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to study away, and your input will help us tremendously as we prepare for future semesters. Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) to the complete the survey before you depart.
Thanks so much for your assistance!
You should have now largely completed your study away to-do’s. As one last recommended to-do, we would like to challenge you to think about how you will document and reflect on your experience away.
Your 3-4 month journey will go by with the blink of an eye, but you will create memories that last a lifetime. Consider creating a blog, both for your own benefit and as a way to share the experience with your family and friends. If you haven’t already, keep in mind joining the team of students blogging for ThisIsNYU throughout the Global Network.
Here is information on how to sign up. (link to the previous post titled “Share your upcoming experience on THISISNYU”)
In order to have a successful semester away, you should be prepared to experience different ways of interacting with the people and culture of your new city. GlobeSmart is a web based tool that provides quick access to knowledge on how to communicate effectively with people from over sixty countries around the globe, as well as links to research about American stereotypes, cultural and ethical relativism, and tips for maximizing study abroad.
Learn more about creating and understanding your cultural profile here. You can access GlobeSmart once logged into NYUHome on the left-hand side.
We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in our time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!
- I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
- Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.
- Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.
- Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas. Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!
- If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
- Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
- Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
- Buy a journal. Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing. Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.
The time is almost here to leave for the France, but before you depart for the airport make sure you have all of your immigration needs taken care of! It is important to keep any immigration related paperwork on your person/in your carry-on luggage and ready for your arrival in the France.
Important Travel Reminders
Two important reminders for best practices when traveling abroad:
- In order to board your international flight you will need your passport. You should have copies of your passport elsewhere. OGS recommends keeping a color copy of your passport and visa separately in your carry-on luggage. You should also have access to a digital encrypted copy of your passport and visa online that can be obtained from any computer (for example in NYU File 2.0). Additionally, you may want to leave a copy of your passport and visa with a parent or guardian, or whomever you trust and would call in an emergency. If your passport/visa is lost or stolen having a copy of such may help expedite getting a replacement.
- After you arrive at your study away site, you should register with your local Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens can register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which will automatically alert the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to your presence in country. Non-U.S. citizens should register with the relevant home country Embassy or Consulate abroad.
Please look for the arrival information that has been EMAILED to your NYU Account from NYU in France on August 7. This email contains your check-in location for September 2nd and directions on how to get there from the airport in an attachment (addresses are not in the information below).
Please print out these directions and pack them in your carry-on! We also encourage you to leave a copy with your parents.
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation for your semester abroad. Please keep in mind you MUST arrive on September 2 and participate in the mandatory orientation.
Fall 2014 NYU PARIS ARRIVAL DATE: September 2, 2014
WHAT TO DO UPON ARRIVAL IN PARIS:
On September 2nd, please arrive no later than 4:00 pm in order to attend one of the mandatory Welcome Meetings:
Check-in location assignments were sent on August 7th via email. Please print these directions and bring them with you on the plane. If you did not receive this email please email my colleagues in Paris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are responsible for getting to and from the airport on your own. Along with your check-in location assignment, you have received detailed directions on arriving at your assigned location, as well as various options for transportation between the airports and Paris.
HOUSING UPON ARRIVAL
Students who select Option 1 Housing: Accommodation through NYU Paris will be housed for up to five days at a Parisian youth hostel, though most students will move into their assigned housing during the weekend after orientation.
Students who select Option 2 Housing: Independent Housing should move directly into their apartments upon arrival in Paris.